Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai

by Sukriti Social Foundation
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Healed and joyful Rishwanth
Healed and joyful Rishwanth

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

Thank you for your continued support of children with birth defects. Our gratitude to the many individuals who give generously to save and sustain the lives of children you will never even meet. We are a family of people who still choose hope.  

When little Rishwanth was born, his legs seemed normal. But as he grew, "we noticed that one of his leg was bent, and he found it a challenge to stand. It caused severe pain, and walking got harder and harder," said his mother.

Rishwanth's parents watched their bright-eyed child grow – and his leg problem worsened. Owing to the lack of orthopaedic surgeons in their village, they had no idea where to turn for help. Treatment at various hospitals in their village gave little hope that their son would ever walk. 

Fortunately, they found the Children's Hospital in Chennai, where Rishwanth had surgery to rectify his bent leg when he was 1 1/2 years old. "It broke our heart to see my little one's leg on plaster after the surgery. He cried, winced and grimaced, looking at his leg in plaster. It was tough on us, but we consoled that he will soon walk," said his mother.

Then you, our dear donors, came into the life of Rishwanth.

After the operation, which straightened his legs, he underwent physical therapy and needed appliances to heal and strengthen his legs. The healing process was long and hard for this brave little boy, but he was surrounded by love and support from his parents and us and he pushed through each challenge.

Rishwanth is now unstoppable. His parents are delighted that their son can walk, jump and run along a beach. "During the last check-up, the doctor told us that Rishwanth needs;t wear the appliances any longer.  We cannot believe our eyes, but we had hope and hope is beautiful. We have a tough time bringing back home once he steps out with his bicycle. Thank you for this transformation".his parents beams.

This is the impact you create for children like Rishawanth and 218 more children during the last four months.

We hope you continue supporting us to give a new and vibrant life to many more children.

Gratefully,

Sowmya

 

 

 

 

My son can walk now
My son can walk now
My son can also cycle
My son can also cycle
Rishwanth taking his first step
Rishwanth taking his first step
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The twins enjoying life
The twins enjoying life

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

All parents dream of their children enjoying their childhood. So when a family first learns that their son or daughter will find it difficult or impossible to walk, it is the beginning of a long journey. And not one they had planned. However, with friends such as you, there were some magical moments in place for the twins -Kamesh and Kamlesh. Thank you!

For the parents of the twins, it was the start of a story of many challenges. The joy of the birth of the twins soon turned into countless miseries. The father's meagre income is only sufficient to feed the family and not for the regular travel to the city or get any appliances that the twins need to wear for corrective measures after their surgery. But not giving up, soon after the surgery, they approached us for the appliances.

The rehabilitation after the surgery is crucial for both the parents and the child. Due to ignorance, many parents give up using the appliances. Our clinic at the Children's Hospital, Egmore, plays a curial role in motivating parents to help children use the devices and the importance of regular replacement. We have helped 244 children enjoy their childhood and walk into a brighter future during the past quarter. Even during the lockdown, we connected through video calls to check on the status of the appliances. We even managed to send the replacements through known sources. 

Seeing that their sons' feet were progressively becoming the correct position, their parents realized that the treatment was good for their sons. 

Most children with disabilities in rural villages are not that lucky; many do not get the treatment; have no education; are discriminated against from birth, and are seen as a financial and societal burden. The parents worry about who will care for them when they die.

The twins are unstoppable now and ready to take on the world. "It is magical to see them running, jumping, and playing, which looked like a faraway dream," say the parents.

Thank you for your continued support. We'd be happy if you could share this note with your family members and friends who might be keen to support children with birth defects. 

Gratefully,

Sowmya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now his world as wide as the ocean
Now his world as wide as the ocean

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

Though the pandemic tested all, there was something that stayed unchanged–kindness and unity. That's what you showed us. To ensure the children get the right treatment at the right time; do not miss the replacement of their devices or the making the specified devices, You stood with us. Thank you.

With your support, for the period June to August 2021, we distributed 229 various devices to 220 children with birth defects. This initiative turned despair into joy and glory and disappointments into wonder and hope, translating into beautiful stories.

Here is one story, among many.

"I am Mahesh. Revathi is my wife's name. We live in a small village in Tamil Nadu, India. Out of the three children, the youngest is Puzalarsan. During the last semester scan, the doctor broke the news that our baby has some problems in his legs. We were hurt and fear engulfed us. However, with the doctor's assurance, we moved on.

Our son was born. We touched, stroked, rubbed his little legs and felt the difference.  The scan results were correct. Our elders at home were overwhelmed and their troubled hearts lead to a spirit of heaviness deep within. For both of us, our son was a joy and we were determined to get the medical treatment.

My son had two surgeries. He was only two years old. Then the doctors directed us to the Children's Hospital. The doctors checked my sons' legs and advised that he has to wear corrective shoes. That's the time, we came across Sukriti Social Foundation, If not for their support, we could not have afforded these shoes. Not only that - they motivated us, kept the connection strong and was available to us always.

Each time he wore the shoe he cried. We cried too. But we thought of his future and never gave up. We hugged him, consoled him, carried him and ensured that he wore the shoes.  When the shoes needed replacements, Sukirit was ready to replace them.

Then, our son crawled, made attempts to stand. When we met the doctor, we shared our son's progress. Gradually, he had to wear the shoes only at night, Then, my son took his first step when he was four years old. There was limitless joy in our house. Recently the doctor informed us that our son need not wear the shoes anymore. My eyes were welled and every now and then I had to wipe my tears, My wife was filled with joy and so are other children.

"My wife and I are so thankful to the doctors and most importantly to Sukriti Social Foundation. They stood with us, encouraged us and willingly replaced my son's shoes whenever needed. Today, my son can walk, run and jump like any other child. Thank you for creating a path where my son can be independent,".

This is the story narrated by Mahesh, father of Puzlarasan.

We, in turn, thank you dear donors who have continuously supported us. Please do share this story with your family and friends who may get inspired. Thank you once again for your support.

 

Gratefully,

Sowmya 

Enjoying his day out
Enjoying his day out
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Nishanth's magical moments
Nishanth's magical moments

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

'Hope' is a powerful word. That's our inspiration at Sukriti. For many children we treat, specialised devices are an unachievable goal. But with your help and partnership, children in Chennai and its surrounding areas have had HOPE. They received and are receiving the treatment they never thought possible. Devices are being given, and children are being restored to health. We always had "Hope" this would happen. Thank you for all your support. We are still holding on to hope.

Hope was restored to Seven-year-old Nishanth recently, with your support.

"I cannot imagine how excited my son will be to go play and have a normal life everyone else,"  said Nishanth's mother. Nishanth runs endlessly around the small sitting room in his house in a small village in Tamil Nadu. His mother, teary-eyed, is speechless. His enthusiastic father is busy recording this magical moment to show all his relatives and friends. It's a beautiful moment for the entire family.

2015 was a challenging year for this family. Nishanth was born with a club foot. Heartbroken, they came to the Children’s hospital. After serial casting and minor surgery, we provided Nishanth foot abduction orthosis continuously for four and half years. As he was outgrowing in size, we have replaced the appliances eight times. . During his last visit to Children's Hospital, the doctor confirmed that Nishanth need not wear any devices.

" My husband's earning as a mason is barely sufficient to run our family, and we wouldn't have been able to afford his treatment. Thank you for your compassion. We are delighted to see Nishanth run, climb the stairs and ride his cycle," says his proud mother.

We are happy to inform you that during the previous financial year, we have helped 573 children by offering them 583 various appliances.  This includes children like Nishanth, whom you've given Hope. 

Thank you for partnering with us, and we hope you'd continue supporting us, especially when we are going through this resting time. Please do share this report with your family and friends, who may be keen to hear such stories.

With gratitude,

Sowmya Simhan 

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Praveen thanking God for his progress
Praveen thanking God for his progress

Dear friends,

Happy New Year.

Thank you for your support in 2020 and helping us reach out to more children in 2021.

This year, we have so much to be thankful for at Social Sukriti Foundation, especially in light of the challenges we have faced during this pandemic.

With your support, we have been able to continue to support children in need of appliances. And one of them is Praveen

When Praveen was four years old, he was affected by a high fever which affected his legs and fingers. His legs are twisted so are his fingers. The poor parents rushed him to many doctors and hospitals who treated him for neuro disorders. Very late, they found the Children Hospital in Chennai and from then onwards, Praveen's path has been full of possibilities.

Praveen's elder brothers do not have any such disability issues. "Both the brothers love each other so much that I don't worry about Praveen at all' says his mother. His father was before the lockdown worked in a factory but now has lost his job. His mother works in a sericulture unit, earning so little that she finds it hard to put food on the table. 

Praveen underwent surgery at the Children's hospital and from then onwards he had to wear supportive appliances to set this legs right. With their financial difficulties, they almost gave up on getting the needed appliances. 

But thanks to your generosity of friends like you, Praveen received the appliances he needed to gain his legs' support.  Praveen attends school, participates in games which he enjoys. During his recent visit to the doctors, they informed his parents that and Praveen has a recovery rate of 90%.  All he needs is physiotherapy and wearing of the appliances just for precaution. "We are so relieved and thank you so much. Now my son can dream and reach his goals," says his mother in between heavy sighs and relief.

"I am delighted because now I can play with my friends and one day I will be a cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar," grinned Praveen. He continues, "I enjoy going to school. Though holding a pen with my fingers is a challenge, I am happy that my legs are getting stronger. Now I can practice  on the playground like others."

With your support, from September to October 2020, we have distributed 192 appliances. Of these, 128 are foot abduction orthosis for children with a club foot. Rest are appliances such as ankle-foot orthosis, walkers, and Pavlik harness.  75% of the children fall in the age group of 0-3, 22% in the age group of 4-8, and the rest are above the age of 8.

There are still many more children like Praveen who have so much potential and are waiting for appliances. Would you continue to support such children to attend school, play and enjoy their childhood? 

We'd be happy if you can circulate this report to friends and family members who may be motivated to support the children.

With gratitude

Sowmya

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Sukriti Social Foundation

Location: Chennai - India
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Sowmya Simhan
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
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